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Poster: Earl B. Powell Date: Oct 6, 2009 5:47pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: The 2009 Folk Scare

Listened to an interview this evening about Roger McGuinn's work to preserve traditional folk tunes. He has been recording and posting these songs, lyrics and chords on the web since 1995 and is licensed through his work with www.ibiblio.org.

Ibiblio is an archival site with much the same style content as appears here, and well worth spending a little time checking out.

The Folk Den and all of McGuinns recordings are pretty much low bit rate stuff, posted for educational purposes more than as an audiophile resource. Until just now, I had no idea Roger was this passionate regarding music history. There's some very familiar stuff on his site, here's the link;


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Poster: Arbuthnot Date: Oct 6, 2009 6:01pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: The 2009 Folk Scare

thanks for that link Earl, and if you'll allow me to give you two other links, both along the same vein as your own:



the first link takes you to quite a few Ozark folk music audio tracks, although not the highest bitrate, but still ...

the second link will take you to a repository for a lot of the Lomax 1939 field recordings, i believe if you poke around there are actually .wav samples as well as .mp3 (very, very low bitrate) ... fairly primitive sounding, but nonetheless, some pretty interesting recordings all in all

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Poster: Earl B. Powell Date: Oct 6, 2009 6:13pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: The 2009 Folk Scare

Thanks Arb, I'm familiar with the Library of Congress site, I believe there are other great pages in addition to the Lomax recordings. I had stumbled across a collection of fiddle music that had some awesome stuff on it. It's a shame some of the recordings are so bad, but I've vowed to try my luck with some of the tools I've got to clean 'em up at least remove the scratches and pops.

I had not seen or heard any of the Wolf collection, and I'm sure I'll enjoy it. Many thanks for the links.

I live outside Columbia SC and there are at least two traditional artists here that have proven to be a fountain of information...in the first person. Bill Wells is 80 years old and owns a music store that has a stage with about two hundred seats. Bill has played with Ralph Stanley and has a deep knowledge of regional bluegrass or Americana stylings. I've bought several instruments from Bill just to keep in his good storytelling graces.

The other is Drink Small, the Blues Doctor. I've known Drink for 20 years and can tell you without reservation, I'll never be a black man. At least that's the way Drink looks at my guitar playing. Drink has the inside track on Piedmont Blues vs. Delta vs. Memphis, vs Texas and so on. Great stories that usually have a very simple physical or historical background for the fundamental sounds of a particular region.

I've got to admit though that I prefer great audio recordings and most of the historical stuff I delve into runs me off in rather short order. Maybe I should start thinking I still have all the time in the world to hear every note.

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Poster: patourkid Date: Oct 6, 2009 6:43pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: The 2009 Folk Scare

Thank you both, I found a real nice "Handsome Cabin Boy" on the first site, bookmarking the others. That'll keep me busy for a bit.

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Poster: Earl B. Powell Date: Oct 6, 2009 6:52pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: The 2009 Folk Scare

Just to point out another resource for "primitive Americana" - I've warmed up to David Holt, who now tours with Doc Watson. I used to think he was kind of an intruding outsider to the hill people he's pestered over the years, but his genuine love for the genre seems to override his schoolteacher putzyness.

I have a friend that is the Technical Director for the Newberry Opera House here in SC, and from time to time I get a call for some equipment he needs and can't come up with. In exchange for finding and hauling equipment to these gigs I get good tickets and a backstage visit with the performers.

Last winter we went to see Doc Watson and David Holt, and enjoyed David's storytelling between songs. After the show we were the only ones invited backstage as Doc had become really sick after a previous meet and greet at another show. He was afraid to shake hands or get too close to people so we chatted with David and Doc's grandson for a while. The whole time, 20 minutes or so, Doc was sitting on a straight back chair in a dark corner all by himself, just playing the world out his guitar. It struck me rather harshly that without that guitar, all there would be is darkness. It was an unbelievable moment standing there in that room listening to him play for himself.

Storytime over, heres the link for Davids Holt;